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Brand Names: Rogaine, Rogaine Extra Strength, Ronoxidil

Generic Name: minoxidil topical (Pronunciation: mi NOX i dill)

What is minoxidil topical (Rogaine, Rogaine Extra Strength, Ronoxidil)?

The exact way that minoxidil topical works is not known.

Minoxidil topical is used to treat male pattern baldness.

Minoxidil topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of minoxidil topical (Rogaine, Rogaine Extra Strength, Ronoxidil)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop using minoxidil topical and seek emergency medical attention:

Continue to use minoxidil topical and talk to your doctor when it is convenient if you experience

  • itching, redness, dryness, or flaking of the scalp; or
  • a headache.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about minoxidil topical (Rogaine, Rogaine Extra Strength, Ronoxidil)?

Do not use minoxidil topical if the skin on your scalp is damaged, irritated, or sunburned. This may allow more of the medication to be absorbed by your body, which could be dangerous.

Do not use this medication on any part of your body other than your scalp. Application to other body parts can be dangerous.

Do not use other topical products on your scalp during treatment with minoxidil topical, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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